History of the Abominable Snowman

About the history of the abominable snowman, different explorers encounters with mysterious tracks in the snow.

The Abominable Snowman. In the massive Himalayas, above the 13,000' elevation, the snow is so heavy and the wind blows so cold that it seems unlikely that any living creature could ever inhabit the area. But there is an ever-increasing number of stories to refute that theory.

"Col. L.A. Waddel was exploring the slopes of Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, in 1887. When he came down he reported unidentified footprints. Three years later another climber reported having seen the prints again. This time they were at an elevation of 18,500'. The tracks led uphill and vanished among the boulders. Russian soldiers reported shooting and killing such a creature in their mountain country in 1925."

The stories have continued through the years. In 1942, a Polish soldier fleeing from a Russian prison camp via the Himalayas encountered 2 manlike creatures 100 yards from him. "He estimated them to be 8' high and said they had massive arms, square heads, and were covered with thick coats of brown fur."

Tibetan tribesman believe these bizarre creatures have lived there for centuries. They have names for them--the most popular is "Yeti." But the strange beings are more commonly known as "Abominable Snowmen."

There is continuing speculation over what these creatures really are. "Maybe giant bears. Some insisted and even said they belonged to the species Ursus arctos isabellinus. But the Abominable Snowman, as proved by his footprints, walks on 2 feet. Bears can walk on 2 feet but do not do so for more than a few steps. They are definitely not known to go leaping about snowfields on their hind feet.

"Others claim that the mysterious tracks in the snow were left by a langur monkey. But these creatures are too small, and besides, they, too, walk on all 4 feet."

Italian explorer A.N. Tombazi encountered the Abominable Snowman while climbing the Himalayas in 1925. He later wrote, "Unquestionably, the figure in outline was exactly upright, and stopping occasionally to uproot some dwarf rhododendrons. It showed dark against the snow and wore no clothing."

Tombazi as well as some subsequent explorers have sighted footprints of the creature. Eric Shipton spotted tracks in 1936 and again in 1951, and photographed them the 2nd time. The foot that he photographed had 4 toes, so it couldn't have been that of a bear.

Two Norwegians are said to have come upon 2 sets of tracks in 1948. They followed them and came upon a pair of "Yeti."

"But what the Norwegians are said to have done next was not exactly the approved way of capturing an Abominable Snowman; they tried to lasso it. This effort failed and we are spared details of why or how. The Norwegians came down the mountain and reported that the Abominable Snowman looks a lot like a large ape."

From the many reported sightings of the Snowmen, a composite portrait can be made. The feet are at least 12"-14" long, and are quite broad. Their hair is long and brownish, and hangs over their eyes. "Their heads are said to be pointed on top and their eyes are deeply sunken and reddish. Their light-colored faces are without hair, we are told, and not at all pretty, except perhaps to another Yeti. They do not have a tail. The feet, like most of the body, are covered with hair."

The dream of some explorers is to capture a Yeti, but no one can quite agree on what one would do with it after it was seized. "Although these may be primitive manlike creatures, as some seriously believe, we have every reason to suspect that they want no part of our cherished civilization. As we look about us, this is sometimes understandable."

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